An archive of StatSpeak from its days on MVN
May 12, 2006
I have a new article up on the Hardball Times:
The Truth About the Grounder
Check it out.
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Your findings seem to validate my long-time held belief that a straight “Run Average” for pitchers far exceeds ERA as a valid gauge of ability. I don’t mean to put words in your mouth, how do you see it – ERA vs. Run Average, on merit?
I prefer RA. There is merit to ERA, but there are too many problems with defining what is and isn’t an error. I just don’t think ERA does enough to adjust for defense to warrant being used. In Pitching Runs Created, I use RA.
Yes, the home town scoring on “error vs. hit” decisions are ludicrous, so often. And it seems it is the pitchers who get the short-end of controversial decisions, more often, making a joke of the ERA stat.
This was one of my favorite articles from the past couple weeks. Maybe because the conclusions are so obvious, yet overlooked. Keep up the great work.
Thanks. I’ll do my best.
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